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Monday, August 17, 2009

aMazing Music Mondays

In this edition of "Manic Music Mondays", we are giving props to one of the coolest female artists out there right now: India Arie!

If you've never heard of her (what?!?), here is a short clip from one of her more famous songs, "I Am Not My Hair":

"I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations no no
I am not my hair
I ma not this skin
I am a soul that lives within

Enough said. And the best part? All of her music is about female empowerment and being happy with who you are as a person, not with your physical appearances. And, in a society where Kayne West and friends set the cultural standard for what "good" music is, it's no wonder India Arie is not on the Billboard right next to them.

I mean, who wouldn't want to listen to songs that objectify women's bodies and reduce them to nothing more than sexual objects? That's a top hit right there.

Seriously though, no wonder American girls and women have such low self-esteem, we are brought up to believe that there is an ideal, and if we don't fit that ideal, then we're not beautiful and we should hate who we are.

Well, I say, fuck that....and apparently, so does Ms. Arie.

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